The Daffodil Story

by John


I came across this story and I thought that I would share it with you. The message is clear and inspirational and I think many of my Law-of-Attraction-Guide readers will love it.

If you have a goal or something you want to achieve, once you have read this story you will be inspired to plant the first seed.

The Daffodil Story

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come see the daffodils before they are over."

I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. "I will come next Tuesday, " I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove there.

When I finally walked into Carolyn's house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren, I said, "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!"

My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother."

"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her.

"I was hoping you'd take me over to the garage to pick up my car."

"How far will we have to drive?" I asked.

"Just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this."

After several minutes, I had to ask, "Where are we going? This isn't the way to the garage!"

"We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled, "by way of the daffodils."

"Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around."

"It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign that read, "Daffodil Garden."

We got out of the car and each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns - great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.

"But who has done this?" I asked Carolyn.

"It's just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well kept A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.

On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking" was the headline.

The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read.

The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and very little brain."

The third answer was, "Began in 1958."

There it was .... The Daffodil Principle. For me, that moment was a life-changing experience.

I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun - one bulb at a time - to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of indescribable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.

The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires ... one step at a time - often just one baby-step at a time - and learning to love the doing; learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.

"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"

My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?" So, stop waiting...

Until your car or home is paid off; Until you get a new car or home;

Until your new job comes along; Until your kids leave the house;

Until you go back to school; Until you finish school;

Until you lose 10 lbs.; Until you gain 10 lbs.;

Until summer; Until spring; Until winter; Until fall;

Until you get married; Until you get a divorce;

Until you have kids; Until you retire; Until you die...

There is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's watching.

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May 01, 2010
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great
by: cicilia

wonderful

May 01, 2010
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path to joy
by: KillaG

what a beautiful inspirational story...i always look for stories like these to send to people who havent yet realised that the path to joy lies within.

May 01, 2010
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you are the provider
by: Brian

I asked the Universe the other day, how to get started in ways I need more. You have provided the answer.

THANK YOU

May 02, 2010
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incredible
by: ava

wowww... that was incredible...i love it

May 02, 2010
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daffodil story
by: Poonam Kulkarni

My earliest memory of the flower was the poem I had read by William Wordsworth. That hadn't left much of an impression on my mind as I was still too young and very dense for poetry to seep into my spirit.

But this story here, has revived my senses and soaked my spirit entirely with it's every line. Thank you for mailing this over to me. I shall start everything I have been putting off for now.

May my life bloom like every bulb of Daffodil.....May it does for everyone else in th e world too.

--Immense Love & gratitude,
Poonam Kulkarni

May 03, 2010
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Just Start.....
by: Anonymous

True wisdom... I have never met a person that commited to a "purpose" especially a purpose outside themselves that has ever not been blessed... beyond there dreams. The question is and has always been-why don't we all just start??? A prayer for all who ask for strength and help to just .... Start- there own "Garden"

May 04, 2010
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Daffodil story
by: TAP

I love it, and it is so true. Thank you for showing me Daffodil story.

May 05, 2010
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Its the way to Happiness
by: Dr. Sunil Pevekar

Simply superb. I have tears in my eyes as I read and understand the story. I plan to implement it from today itself.

May 08, 2010
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thanks
by: jassy

thanks for this...very helpful and inspirational=)

May 11, 2010
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a beginner!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the story, very helpful for me today!!!

May 13, 2010
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Lovely
by: Namita

An amazing story that inspired me to think about it over and over again!

May 23, 2010
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The Daffodil Story
by: Katrina

I just loved it... It brings the message home...
One Day At A Time... & it starts today

Sep 28, 2010
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fan
by: Anonymous

I'm a big fan

Nov 03, 2010
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Spiritual Secret
by: Venkkatachalam C

Wonderful msg. Now is the moment for doing and being happy:

To the best of my knowledge : being happy in every moment of life is the highest spiritual secret.

Feb 20, 2011
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Wonderful!
by: Anonymous

Wonderful!

Feb 22, 2011
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Thank You...
by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing :D

Mar 05, 2011
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Simply Beautiful!
by: Sna1508

Reading this story gave me goose bumps all over the body. I plan to start plan-ting the new seeds today itself. Thanks for sharing this inspiring story.

Apr 07, 2011
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Awesome
by: Anonymous

Great story-inspiring

Apr 26, 2011
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INSPIRATION!
by: Anonymous

I read this story over and over again. It is always an inspiration to me. When I think I just can't make a difference, I read this again and just know that I can if I just take one step at a time. Thanks for the story.

Jun 15, 2011
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VERY INSPIRING
by: lorilyn

i will definitely send this to my boyfriend...

he really needs inspiration and motivation now that he's going through the toughest period in his life... i just hope he likes it too the way i did.

"Happiness is not a journey it is a destination..."

I will remember this line forever.


Jul 22, 2011
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thanx
by: sumedh

Know wat? i've printed yo story n i read it every mornin befor i step in to my day!! it's really inspirin n its helpin a lot in LIVIN EACH MOMENT OF MY LIFE!!! THANX

Aug 10, 2011
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inspirational
by: Annie

way back 2009, i was attended a seminar for health that focused on HIV/AIDS that was conducted by the Word vision team. And one of the speakers made "THE STORY OF DAFFODIL" as her closing message. As years past, i didn't ever remember this story and didn't aware of it's logic. though there's a time that i search the web to find some inspirational story, i haven't came to my mind this Daffodils story.

Until time came that i got so bored of my daily routine, bored the way my life is, and for the moment i've seen a daffodil flower and comes to my mind the event in 2009. i searched quickly the story of daffodils and read it again and again.

So true, this story is so inspirational. literally, daffodil flower is small but have the this power to loved and to cherished by many people.

The whole meaning of this story really inspired me. i loved it and counted it as one of my inspirational guideline collections.

True that everything start's with a single, small step to achieved our own goals in life..

Aug 24, 2011
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inspirational
by: Dinah lambertAnonymous

springtime, -rain and sunshine. warm cheerful colours, gratefulness, thankfulness, loving and being loved, happiness, new beginnings each season, new life, sharing, peacefulness, joyfulness.
How blessed we all are.
Wonderful story.

Sep 20, 2011
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Wow
by: Jessica

This story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you
for sharing such a beautiful story :)

Oct 20, 2011
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Daffodil Story
by: mel

Indeed!!! inspirational. I love this story it reminds me of my mother in-law how much she loves the daffodils coming in spring time. I ddnt know why, now i know.

Thank you for posting.

Dec 28, 2011
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I found it
by: Anonymous

Years ago when the Internet came into my life, my friend sent me this story. I loved it. I sent it to my loved ones. Some time later,when I remembered it, I looked for it, but without success. My friends could not find it either. It has been years that I have thought of the beautiful story. Today, I found it...on the Internet!!!

Thank you for sharing this story.

Jan 16, 2012
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never stop believeing
by: Anonymous

So inspiring..i can see the image in my head of the daffodis all on the hill..its beautiful :)
I have brought the law of attraction into my life..but let go a while ago without even realising, and now that i see that, and am implementing it again, things are already turning around for the better. I am so happy..i wish everybody could know this. Thnak you.xx

Feb 11, 2012
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omlein
by: Anonymous

fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! made my day

Feb 07, 2015
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Cause and Effect
by: Marcia U

Or how about this one--"I'll be happy when...." The truth is happiness isn't an effect; it's a cause! Just like the story says, start now! Do it now! Identify your definite major purpose, greet each day with love in your heart, practice the law of giving, and know that you can be what you will to be.

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